Everton were active on deadline day bringing in two more central midfielders to accompany Amedou Onana, as former player Idrissa Gueye and youngster James Garner both arrived on a permanent basis.
However, the biggest need for the majority of the window was that Everton sufficiently replaced Richarlison who finished last season as the club’s top scorer and was sold for £60m to Tottenham Hotspur, but with just Neal Maupay and Dwight McNeil the attacking signings, that doesn’t appear to have happened.
O’Keeffe has been left rather underwhelmed by Evertons’ lack of attacking signings this summer:
“Calvert-Lewin might stay fit and get back into form and there’s a lot of ifs and buts and fingers crossed, which isn’t ideal, not at all. I’ve seen people who point to the fact that Richarlison went on June 30 and they’ve not replaced him.
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“People are kind of looking at [Neal] Maupay a bit, and I understand that too, because even he, at best, is a sort of 10-goal-a-season so far striker, but we knew it wasn’t going to be straightforward, it was never going to be a dream window.”
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It’s fair enough that O’Keeffe has highlighted people’s worries over the signing of Maupay as he’s only ever managed to hit double figures in the Premier League once during his time at Brighton, so there’s very little reason to believe he’ll be able to replicate what Richarlsion brought to Everton.
We think Everton fans should rightly be worried about their lack of attacking options that can deliver goals as they’ve spent more than £30 million on both McNeil and Maupay, who last season managed to score a combined total of eight league goals.
However, if Anthony Gordon can keep up his rich vein of form and contribute a healthy number of goals this season and if Dominic Calvert-Lewin can get back to full fitness, and stay there, they may well have enough to survive.